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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

BWW Review: Anita Gillette Takes Celia Keenan-Bolger Through Time in Bruce Norris' A PARALLELOGRAM by Michael Dale

'If you knew in advance exactly what was going to happen in your life, and how everything was going to turn out, and if you knew you couldn't do anything to change it, would you still want t…

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

BWW Review: New Cast Members Add New Dynamics To A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 by Michael Dale

When this reviewer first critiqued Lucas Hnath's clever and intriguing A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2, he envisioned much discussion being provoked over the fact that a new Broadway play that debate…

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

BWW Review: Christine Pedi, Stephanie Umoh and Stephanie D'Abruzzo Shine Brightly in The York's JERRY'S GIRLS by Michael Dale

After Florenz Ziegfeld spent the early decades of Broadway's 20th Century 'glorifying the American Girl,' a young composerlyricist named Jerry Herman spent a good hunk of the second half sho…

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Friday, August 11, 2017

BWW Review: The Resistance Hits Broadway in Michael Moore's THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER by Michael Dale

Red, white and blue bunting is draped across a stage left box at the Belasco Theatre because, as Michael Moore explains at the beginning of his more-or-less solo Broadway performance, THE TE…

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

BWW Review: Tina Howe's SINGING BEACH Addresses Deteriorating People and a Deteriorating Earth by Michael Dale

Given her distinguished career that includes such significant works at PAINTING CHURCHES, COASTAL DISTURBANCES and PRIDE'S CROSSING, a new play by Tina Howe is certainly a noteworthy event.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

BWW Review: Taylor Caldwell Leads a Terrific Young Cast in Carole King and Maurice Sendak's REALLY ROSIE by Michael Dale

New York City wasn't exactly the most magical place for a child to grow up in back in 1975. Crime and poverty rates were inhumanely high and when the city begged for federal assistance, the …

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

BWW Review: Director Lear deBessonet's Luscious, Lusty and Laugh-Out-Loud Funny A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by Michael Dale

It was fifty years ago that The Summer of Love attracted throngs of lunatics, lovers and poets to New York's Central Park in a free-spirited embrace of life's passions and pleasures. That s…

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Monday, July 31, 2017

BWW Review: Kirsten Childs' THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN Tackles Racial Identity Issues by Michael Dale

Connoisseurs of American musical theatre wishing to make a point about the genre's ability to dramatize even the most unlikely of subjects often cite examples like SWEENEY TODD's vengeful ba…

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

BWW Review: Andrea Frierson's ME & ELLA Pays Tribute To Her Legendary Influence by Michael Dale

Even if you've never heard a note sung by Ella Fitzgerald and if that's the case, you should stop reading this review immediately and look up some of her recordings on YouTube Andrea Frierso…

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

BWW Review: Oscar Isaac Stars in Sam Gold's Jaunty Rendering of HAMLET by Michael Dale

Though your ticket says you're seated at The Public's Anspacher Theater, don't be surprised if once director Sam Gold's jaunty mounting of Shakespeare's Hamlet shifts into gear, you find you…

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

BWW Review: In Anne Kauffman's Incisive Encores! Production, ASSASSINS Seems More Relevant Than Ever by Michael Dale

A folk-singing black man with an optimistic view of America looks back at our nation's history of angry white people finding no better way to cope with their grievances than by firing a gun …

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

BWW Review: Dominique Morisseau Attacks The School-To-Prison System in PIPELINE by Michael Dale

In December of 2015, shortly before her excellent drama SKELETON CREW opened Off-Broadway, playwright Dominique Morisseau essayed an article for American Theatre titled 'Why I Almost Slapped…

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

BWW Review: Cirque du Soleil Hatches Up OVO by Michael Dale

After PARAMOUR, last season's ambitious but underwritten attempt to incorporate their world-class circus arts performers into a book and score Broadway musical, Cirque du Soleil returns to t…

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Friday, July 7, 2017

BWW Review: Madcap Frolic BASTARD JONES Riffs On Henry Fielding's Bawdy Classic by Michael Dale

While it's not unexpected to have the title character of a musical based on Henry Fielding's infamously bawdy 1749 novel The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling be introduced to the audience w…

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

BWW Review: Horton Foote's THE TRAVELING LADY Arrives At The Cherry Lane by Michael Dale

As America's great playwrights go, Horton Foote, who passed on in 2009, just shy of his 93rd birthday, was perhaps the most understated of them all. In a prolific career that involved golden…

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Friday, June 30, 2017

BWW Review: Director Anne Kauffman Finally Hits Broadway With Scott McPherson's MARVIN'S ROOM by Michael Dale

After thirteen years and eighteen directing credits for major Off-Broadway companies such as Playwrights Horizons, Vineyard, Lincoln Center Theatre and The New York Theatre Workshop, another…

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

BWW Review: The Romance of Backstage Haunts Third Rail Projects' GHOST LIGHT by Michael Dale

The newest offering at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater features a beautiful dreamscape depicting a woman in a small boat being guided through swelling ocean waves by a friendly face pain…

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

BWW Review: Gentlemen Prefer Booty in Kirsten Childs' BELLA: AN AMERICAN TALL TALE by Michael Dale

The recent Signature Theatre revival of Suzan Lori-Parks' VENUS, based on the true story of Saartjie Baartman, depicted a 19th Century African woman who was subjected to exploitation because…

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Friday, June 23, 2017

BWW Review: 1984 Takes Playgoers Back To The Future by Michael Dale

Ronald Reagan was re-elected president, the first human baby conceived by artificial insemination was born and the Tigers won the World Series, but for much of the world, the public percepti…

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

BWW Review: Martyna Majok's Bittersweet and Humorous COST OF LIVING Explores The Mending of Various Wounds by Michael Dale

Though the lonely, out-of-work truck driver Eddie continued to text love notes to his estranged wife's cell phone number long after her death, he never expect to get an answer.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

BWW REVIEW: Jim Brochu Returns With Drama Desk-Winning Mostel Tribute ZERO HOUR by Michael Dale

When playwrightactor Jim Brochu was announced as the 2010 Drama Desk Outstanding Solo Performance Award winner for his loving tribute to the great Zero Mostel, ZERO HOUR, circumstances of th…

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

BWW Review: Kevin Spacey Aces CLARENCE DARROW at Arthur Ashe Stadium by Michael Dale

Ask any New York Mets fan and they'll tell you that one of the unique quirks about watching a game at the teams' Flushing home - be it the now-demolished Shea Stadium or the current Citi Fie…

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

BWW Review: Norm Lewis and Carolee Carmello Make For A Meatier SWEENEY TODD by Michael Dale

The new Off-Broadway production of SWEENEY TODD just got a whole lot meatier. No, the chef hasn't been adding more filling to the tasty meat pies audience members can enjoy before the perfor…

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

BWW Review: Black Roman Lives Matter in Trump-Themed JULIUS CAESAR by Michael Dale

For the past 400 years, the title character in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar has been traditionally regarded as one of the good guys. Oh sure, there was that time back in '37 when Orso…

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Monday, June 12, 2017

BWW Review: Rebecca Hall Intrigues in Clare Lizzimore's Psychological Drama ANIMAL by Michael Dale

The confusion one might feel trying to follow Atlantic TheaterCompany's production of British playwright Clare Lizzimore's psychological study, Animal, is no doubt an intentional reflection …

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Friday, June 9, 2017

BWW Review: Matthew Perry's THE END OF LONGING or The One About The Sexist Male Fantasies by Michael Dale

In the opening scene of MCC's American premiere production of THE END OF LONGING, playwrightstar Matthew Perry, playing the drunk, caustic and cocky Rolling Stone photographer Jack, looks de…

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Monday, June 5, 2017

BWW Review: Michaels Urie and McGrath are Comic Dynamos in THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR by Michael Dale

Though Anton Chekhov popularized the notion that there's nothing sadder than a Russian comedy, playgoers seeking a few more yuks than can be found in a night at THE CHERRY ORCHARD can look t…

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Friday, June 2, 2017

BWW Review: Robert Schenkkan's BUILDING THE WALL Envisions The Future of Trump's Presidency by Michael Dale

By necessity, Robert Schenkkan's tense and frightening political drama, BUILDING THE WALL, had to be a rush job written with the understanding that national events could sap it of its impact…

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

BWW Review: Women Balance Sex, Marriage and Finance in Gina Gionfriddo's CAN YOU FORGIVE HER? by Michael Dale

As with her first Pulitzer-finalist play, BECKY SHAW, the title of Gina Gionfriddo's sharp-tongued comedy CAN YOU FORGIVE HER is a literary reference.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

BWW Review: Norbert Leo Butz Stars in Hamish Linklater's Ambitious Drama THE WHIRLIGIG by Michael Dale

In a whirligig of grief is how one character describes the emotional state of another in Hamish Linklater's ambitious new play, THE WHIRLIGIG, receiving a fine premiere mounting by The New G…

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Friday, May 26, 2017

BWW Review: A.A. Milne's THE LUCKY ONE Receives a Rare Revival From The Mint by Michael Dale

One look at the country home setting designer Vicki R. Davis has devised for The Mint Theater Company's intriguing revival of A.A. Milne's rarely visited THE LUCKY ONE and a playgoer wouldn'…

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